Arsenal will be looking to do all they can to bounce back from the humiliation they suffered midweek at the hands of tiny Monaco in the Champions League, with Arsene Wenger hoping that a convincing win will silence the critics and help the Gunners to cement their third place spot in the Premiership.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez will have seen how Monaco dismantled Arsenal and will be looking to repeat Monaco’s success with the help of Belgium international Romelu Lukaku.
Wenger called the Gunners defending “suicidal” midweek so hopefully will have addressed those problems during training, and that he will possibly play new signing Gabriel Paulista against Everton.
The Gunners have some good news on the injury front as well, with Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini back in training and possible ready to be on the bench for Everton.
Jack Wilshere however has undergone minor surgery for an ankle problem and will be unavailable.
Here is how we think Arsenal will line-up.
After David Ospina conceded three goals former number one Wojciech Szczesny might fancy his chances of getting back in the team, but to be honest the Colombian had no chance of stopping any of Monaco’s superb finishes, so we see no reason as to why Wenger would make any changes.
Wenger called the teams defending “suicidal” against Monaco with the obvious culprit Per Mertesacker being caught miles out of position for the second goal, leaving us to think that Wenger will play the younger Gabriel in the hope his legs will be better fit to counter the threat of Romelu Lukaku.
We cannot put into words how disappointed we have been with Mesut Ozil, who for us looked as though he was playing the invisible man against Monaco, and if it was us making the team selection we would drop him indefinitely until he can prove he is willing to put the work in to support the team.
Unfortunately though we think Wenger will start the German alongside Santi Cazorla, with Ramsey most likely on the bench.
Danny Welbeck’s goals may have dried up, but the former Manchester United striker still manages to put the work in. Theo Walcott seems to have a problem supporting Hector Bellerin out on the right, which suggests to us that Wenger will opt for Welbeck on the right and Alexis Sanchez on the left flank.
We also expect to see Olivier Giroud to front the attack and only hope that Wenger let him train this week just kicking balls into the net from five-yards out after the sitters he missed against Monaco.
All told this is a big game for Arsenal and with all the Knives already out for Wenger, the 65-year-old Frenchman could really do with a convincing win.